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Germany Slaps Microsoft Unit With €9M Antitrust Fine

Law360 (April 8, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- German competition authorities fined Microsoft Corp.'s local unit €9 million ($11.9 million) on Wednesday for allegedly exerting too much influence over the resale price of its Office software suite through meetings with employees of one retailer.

The Bundeskartellamt, Germany's cartel office, declined to identify the store chain, but it said that the "nationwide active retailer" and other vendors received funding from Microsoft Deutschland GmbH to advertise the company's Office Home & Student 2007 package as part of a heavy campaign in fall 2008 to support the...
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